Events

How pedaling on the Pier will get kids to camp

When looking for the perfect way to raise money for inner-city children in Los Angeles, the Harold Robinson Foundation took a cue from their friend and the founder of the 100 Mile Man Foundation, Jesse Itzler, a major supporter of the foundation. “Jesse held a fundraiser in New York to raise money for his foundation for inner-city... Read more →

Culture Watch

Ashes to ashes

For an actress who “never had the drive to do whatever makes you stand out, star-wise,” Barbara Tarbuck sure has managed to carve out a successful career. She was Jessica Lange's Mother Superior in the second season of “American Horror Story,” and played Jane Jacks for 14 years on the popular soap opera “General Hospital.”... Read more →

Play Time

Hillary and Monica have a big hit

Anyone just now coming of voting age may not even be aware of the traumatic events of 1998. They might not have learned of the devastating affair that nearly led to the impeachment of one of this country’s most popular presidents. Those who are older will never forget it. So you might think a play titled “Hillary and Monica”... Read more →

People

Community rallies around family of Will Rogers parent

Parents at Will Rogers Learning Community were accustomed to seeing Silvia Crespo-Jarquin on campus, whether she was dropping off two of her four children for school, attending meetings or helping out at the annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Her absence has sent the school community into a scramble to help her family. Crespo-Jarquin suffered a... Read more →

Events

MAINopoly street event returns this Sunday

This Sunday Santa Monica residents and visitors alike will have the chance to play a life size version of a classic board game, as the 3rd annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street event returns. The community event, put on by the Main Street Business Improvement Association (MSBIA), is intended to mirror the classic board game Monopoly by... Read more →

People

Educator Spotlight: Aileen Salmaggi

The Educator Spotlight recognizes those who contribute to the education of local students. Educators were chosen by consulting with site PTA, student government organizations and staff. Educators were chosen for their reputations with students, staff, parents and the community. Aileen Salmaggi discovered she wanted to become an educator in... Read more →

Culture Watch

Politics is not a pretty picture

If you want to watch the demise of a once-promising politician, “Weiner” is the documentary for you. And if you want to know how the heck we got to our present polarized polity, “The City of Conversation” might help you understand. First Weiner. My impression was how devastatingly cringe-worthy, heartbreaking and tragic this... Read more →

Play Time

A family’s political odyssey

The Senator from Kentucky calls it “the city of conversation,” a term originally coined by Henry James. The Senator goes on to describe it as a city filled with “chatter and culture and nuance.” The city is Washington, D.C. and the year is 1979. It is a time of conviviality. A time when people pursue their agendas civilly and... Read more →

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The illusion of perception

How do you talk about a show based on illusion without spoiling the surprises? “In & Of Itself,” a new show by illusionist Derek DelGaudio at Geffen Playhouse's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater is like no other show you've ever seen. It's a personal memoir, a metaphor about people and perception, a show with - if you can call them... Read more →

Play Time

A French Film Takes The Measure of a Man

If a man can navigate the river of life despite its eddies and cataracts, if he can persist in the face of the ongoing threat of inundation, and if he continues to float without quite drowning, he will be both pitied and acclaimed by those who judge and take the measure of the man. Thierry Traugourdeau is just such a man. As the protagonist... Read more →

Events

A royal course in water safety

The princess in the pool. Sounds like a fairytale out of a modern storybook, right? But it was a dream come true for more than 40 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica's Saint Anne School branch on Wednesday, May 11, when they were invited to the Annenberg Community Beach House to swim with Her Serene Highness Princess... Read more →